EDMOND — What do five softball players who come from three different teams have in common?

EDMOND — What do five softball players who come from three different teams have in common?

A lot more than one might think.

While Sami Skelly, Brooklyn Mason, Taleigh Nail, Rylee Keith, and Sydney Martin might all play for separate schools across the area, they all share a common bond through the game of softball.

This past Saturday at Tom Heath Field on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, they added something they will all have in common for the rest of their lives: All-State softball members.

Skelly, Mason and Nail all represented Lone Grove, while Keith wore her Plainview red one last time, as Martin put on the trademark Davis uniform for the final time.

Aside from all five of these standout players moving on to play college softball in the fall, their respective coaches all had one thing in common to say about them: they are great players, but even better people.

“I’ve known Sydney pretty much her whole life,” Davis coach Tyler Lampkin said. 

“She’s the type of player that every coach would be lucky to have on their team. She will always give you true grit and leadership, as well as a lot of hard work. Getting to see her reach her goal of All-State was awesome, and getting to coach her one last time was very special for me.” 

Martin was one of two Lady Wolves players this season to be named as a member of the Lake Country Conference All-Conference team along with Brinlee Dulaney.

This season, Martin finished with a .523 batting average to go with a .788 on base percentage along with 26 RBI and 28 stolen bases.

Davis won another district championship this season and made it to the regional tournament under first year head coach Tyler Lampkin. Martin also made it to the state tournament multiple times in her career as a Lady Wolves player in fast and slow pitch softball.

Martin will now set her sights on a new challenge at Seminole State College, where she will join up with her fellow Davis teammate Jolie Romine.

“I’m looking to grow as a person and grow as a player when I go to college,” Martin said. “Coach (Tyler) Lampkin taught me that you don’t get anywhere without hard work. I’m definitely going to miss being a Davis Lady Wolves player and getting to represent my town.” 

While she might have only gotten to coach her for one year, Plainview coach Kenna Self said she couldn’t have asked for a better way to start her time as head coach of the Lady Indians than getting to experience this season with Rylee Keith.

“My entire family has known Rylee since she was born,” she said. “I feel blessed as a coach that I was able to coach such a great player and a great person during her senior year. Rylee has always had a dream and a goal of reaching All-State, and to see her accomplish it was really neat. It’s a well deserved honor for her, and seeing her represent Plainview like she did was amazing.” 

This season alone, Keith was named as the Co-Offensive Player of the Year on the District 4A-3 All-District awards list, along with being named as the Offensive Player of the Year on the Lake Country Conference All-Conference Awards list.

During her final run as a Lady Indians player, Keith finished with a .512 batting average to go with 41 hits, five home runs, 18 doubles, five triples and 29 RBI. She also sported a .963 slugging percentage and a .928 fielding percentage.

Behind the plate, Keith allowed just four stolen bases the whole season, while registering eight pick-offs. She was also named as the All-Ardmoreite Utility Player of the Year this season. 

Keith was named as the 2016 All-Ardmoreite Offensive Player of the Year, when she finished with a .594 batting average to go with a .716 on base percentage and eight home runs.

As for her future on the softball diamond, Keith will be joining up with the Ragin’ Cajuns at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette next year to play Division 1 softball and pursue a berth at the Women’s College World Series.

“This is going to be a whole new and exciting chapter for me in Louisiana,” Keith said. “I definitely learned patience while under the guidance of Coach (Kenna) Self. I’m ready to go meet some new people, and hopefully win a lot of games at Lafayette.” 

Lone Grove head coach Jimmy Miller echoed the thoughts about his three All-Staters, adding that while Sami Skelly was only with the Lady Horns for a year, she fit right in with the standard of success.

With the three All-Staters this season, the Lone Grove softball team now has a total of 34 All-State softball players in program history.

“It’s so rare that you get to have three All-State players in a season like we did,” he said. “Getting to see all of those girls out there on the field was awesome. Brooklyn and Taleigh came up through this program since middle school and always had amazing work ethic and a positive attitude. Sami was the same way in everything she did. These girls just continued to expand the standard that this program has been built on for so many years. Very proud of all these of these amazing people.” 

For Mason, this season brought with it a second trip to the state tournament, as she went to Oklahoma City as a freshman with the Lady Horns.

Last season, Mason finished as the All-Ardmoreite Defensive Player of the Year, finishing with just three errors while compiling a .952 fielding percentage with 54 putouts.

At the plate in her senior year, Mason was just as dangerous.

She finished with a .521 batting average to go with a .544 on base percentage. 

Mason also hit two home runs to go with 62 hits and 21 RBI along with 57 runs scored. 

There were also five doubles and three triples to go with 17 stolen bases this season.

Mason was also named as the Lake Country Conference Defensive Player of the Year for this season, along with being named the District 4A-3 Co-Offensive Player of the Year, she was also named as the All-Ardmoreite Offensive Player of the Year for 2017-18. 

Brooklyn will be suiting up for the Oklahoma Baptist University softball team in Shawnee this fall along with Ardmore’s Lexi Duff. 

“I’m ready for a new challenge at OBU,” Mason said. “I’m looking forward to playing with my best friend (Lexi Duff) and I’m ready to see some new players. There’s always the dream of being a four-time All-American as well. Coach (Jimmy) Miller has been amazing to me, and I’m going to miss the family that Lone Grove softball has been for me these last few years.” 

For Skelly, this season was the culmination of a childhood dream.

Aside from getting to make her first state tournament appearance as a high school player, Skelly was also named as the District 4A-3 MVP, along with being named as the Lake Country Conference Player of the Year.

She was also one of two Lady Horns players to break the school record for home runs in a season with 10, along with teammate Shelby Stevenson who totaled nine home runs.

For the season, Skelly totaled a .512 batting average to go with 43 hits, 58 RBI, and 38 runs scored. She was named as the All-Ardmoreite softball Player of the Year for 2017-18. 

Last season, Skelly was named as the All-Ardmoreite Utility Player of the Year when she totaled a .551 batting average to go with nine home runs, a .643 on base percentage and an .844 fielding percentage.

Skelly will be trading in her black and white uniform next year for the crimson and cream of Oklahoma as a member of the Sooners softball team. 

“It’s a big deal to go to OU,” Skelly said. “I’m looking forward to growing as a player, and maturing into someone who is ready for anything, and not just the next four years of her life. Coach (Jimmy) Miller invested so much in us past softball. He made sure we were always prepared for the next chapter of our lives whether it was the next softball game or going to school the next day. He really made us all feel like family.” 

Taleigh Nail also had a standout senior season as she was a member of the Lake Country Conference All-Conference team and the All-Ardmoreite softball team. 

Nail totaled an average of .471 at the plate with a .521 on base percentage. She finished with 49 hits to go with 39 RBI this season.

She will be suiting up for Murray State College in Tishomingo this fall. 

“I’m looking forward to playing with a new group of teammates, and taking on all the challenges college softball offers,” Nail said. “I’ll definitely miss my Lone Grove team, they were like family to me. Coach (Miller) was amazing, and I couldn’t have asked for a better coach to be guided by these last four years of my life.”